Dental Care Olathe
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Olathe, KS
Dental crowns and bridges are more common than you might think. In fact, an astounding 15 million Americans have crowns to replace missing teeth, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. The dentists at Dental Care Olathe are experienced professionals, so if you think you may need a crown or bridge, book an appointment online or call today. Dental Care Olathe is conveniently located in Olathe, Kansas, with another location opening soon in Overland Park, Kansas.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What is a crown?
A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a set of crowns anchored onto your natural teeth which hold together a false tooth or teeth called pontics. This helps fill the gap in your smile created by your missing teeth.
If you’re missing one, two, or three teeth in a row, it can be advantageous to have a dental bridge, because they provide you with the ability to chew and help maintain the shape of your face.
If you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth shift and move out of place to make up for the tooth that should be in the gap. Because of this, the dentists at Dental Care Olathe recommend you schedule a consultation today to see if dental bridges are advantageous for your oral health.
Are dental crowns a good fit for me?
There are a variety of reasons the experienced dentists at Dental Care Olathe may suggest a crown such as to cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.
A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.
What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, your Dental Care Olathe professional takes some X-rays to determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown.
Next, your dentist will administer anesthesia, then file down or build up the tooth so that the crown can be attached properly. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is completed.
Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Dental Care Olathe or make an appointment online.
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